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Read interviews with publishers, authors and illustrators, find out what IBBY UK members have been up to in our blog or read our reports on IBBY UK activities.

Elena Odriozola: Crossover illustrator, Latin-American connections<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Elena Odriozola: Crossover illustrator, Latin-American connections

Elena Odriozola is a crossover illustrator who blurs the boundaries between content for children and adults but also between continents, thanks to her easily recognizable style, with her iconic characters as well as its minimalistic, subtle, and naturalistic essence.
The Work of Annika Thor: Relatable, Entertaining and Brimming with Enthusiasm<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

The Work of Annika Thor: Relatable, Entertaining and Brimming with Enthusiasm

Vibrant, childlike and mischievous! Let’s step into the nonsense and playful imaginary world created by Japanese picturebook master Arai Ryoji.
Arai Ryoji: Seeing the World from Innocent Eyes<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Arai Ryoji: Seeing the World from Innocent Eyes

Vibrant, childlike and mischievous! Let’s step into the nonsense and playful imaginary world created by Japanese picturebook master Arai Ryoji.
Beatrice Alemagna: HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Beatrice Alemagna: HCAA Nominee

Expressiveness and freedom are both attributes present in Beatrice Alemagna’s artistic work.
Piret Raud: Estonian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Piret Raud: Estonian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee

Piret Raud’s delicate lines and neat pointillism technique seem to confer a magic ability of transformation.
Margaret Wild: HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Margaret Wild: HCAA Nominee

Margaret Wild talks about the challenging parts of life and childhood through delicate, strong and sensible stories.
Iwona Chmielewska: HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Iwona Chmielewska: HCAA Nominee

Whether it be union portraits or a blend of metaphors, Iwona Chmielewska’s combination of poetic images create a space for dialogue extending far beyond the boundaries of age, gender, or ability.
Sydney Smith: Canadian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Sydney Smith: Canadian Illustrator and HCAA Nominee

Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith brings the world to life in watercolour and ink. His award-winning picturebooks explore an outsider’s perspective with grace and honesty.
Carll Cneut (Belgium): Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominee for Illustration<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Carll Cneut (Belgium): Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominee for Illustration

Carll Cneut is an artist who fully appreciates the potential of his medium.
Angèle Delaunois: Optimism and Hope for Children Young and Old<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Angèle Delaunois: Optimism and Hope for Children Young and Old

In a world of dark headlines and frightening concepts, Angèle Delaunois uses her books to speak honest truths about the world, sparking kindness and hope in readers of all ages.
Sergey Makhotin: Russian Author and HCAA Nominee<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Sergey Makhotin: Russian Author and HCAA Nominee

Sergey Makhotin channels this child energy into his incredibly kind and humourous stories that appeal to children and grown-ups alike.
Franz Hohler: What if the Magical Meets the Mundane?<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/01a824d38dd9d2527324dc73cf95aea3?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Franz Hohler: What if the Magical Meets the Mundane?

Playful, fantastical, commonplace, realistic – Franz Hohler’s stories effortlessly combine these paradoxical elements and disrupt traditional scripts.